Ireland news July 22, 2009

Ireland bank on Garaway's experience

Cricinfo staff

Ireland are looking to recently appointed director of cricket operations Mark Garaway to help develop the game across the nation. Garaway, who worked as England team analyst for three years, has been designated to implement and develop programmes aimed at nurturing the game in Ireland.

On announcing the appointment last week Joe Doherty, chief of Cricket Ireland, said Garaway was an outstanding candidate for the job and had all the experience and qualities Ireland were looking for. "In my opinion, he has so much to offer and comes to us with the perfect mix - an impressive record of career achievement to date at playing, development, coaching and analysis at high levels, allied to the energy and ambition to go even further," he told the Irish Times. "He will bring to this high performance position a blend of youthful enthusiasm, creativity and innovation, all based on a proven platform of technical and administrative ability.

"The responsibility he will be asked to shoulder is a considerable one for the sport here in Ireland in this exciting phase of Cricket Ireland's growth at home and abroad, but we all believe that Mark is the right man for us at this time and that the time is right for Mark as well."

Garaway, 36, is a former Hampshire player and Somerset coach with an ECB Level 4 coaching award, and will join up with the squad next month. "This is a unique chance to have an impact on shaping one of the most exciting emerging nations in the world game, and I am delighted to have been selected for this opportunity," he said. "The future of Irish cricket looks very bright and with the support of our partners and stakeholders, I am confident we can improve both the quality, and quantity of men and women playing the sport."